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Hi, everybody,

Please, help me on this. I understand the constructs:

a) I saw him walk along the street. (= He walked along and I saw him)

b) I saw him walking along the street. (= He was walking along and I saw him)

My doubts begin with other sentences, mainly negatives and questions in this kind of constructs:

First doubt: Can I say?

1.1 “Did Peter see Susan cook?” (= Susan cooked, Peter saw her did that, and I’m questioning somebody if Peter saw it)

1.2 “Did Peter see Susan cooking?” (= Susan was cooking, Peter saw her doing that, and I’m questioning somebody if Peter saw that)

2.1 Did Peter see the accident happen?” (= The accident happened, Peter saw it and I’m questioning somebody if Peter saw it)

2.2 Did Peter see the accident happening?”

I think this “2.2” “ing” question is wrong, because the verb “to happen” cannot be used in this context. But if this “2.2” construct is possible, what’s the meaning of this question? Could you use other words to say the same, please?

Second doubt: Could I say?

3.1 I didn’t hear you come in. (You came in and I did not hear you)

3.2 I didn’t hear you coming in. (You were coming in and I did not hear you)

4.1 She noticed her little boy drink a beer. (The little boy drank a beer and she noticed that)

4.2 She noticed her little boy drinking a beer. (The little boy was drinking a beer and she noticed that)

Third doubt:

Is it not better to say, with the same meaning and instead of “4.1”: She noticed her little boy drank a beer?

Is it not better to say, with the same meaning and instead of “Liz felt something touch her on the hand”: Liz felt something touched her on the hand?

Fourth doubt:

“I found my dog eating my lunch”. But I cannot find an example for this kind of constructs with the verb “to find” and the other verb in infinitive. Could you help me?:

I found my dog do (?) something.

And thank you in advance,

Eladio
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Hi again,

Hi Clive. We can say:

Liz felt something touching her on the hand.

Liz felt something touch her on the hand. (We don’t say “touched”)

And we can say: I found my dog eating my lunch.

Yes, for all of the above

Now, please, why on earth I cannot say:

I found my dog eat my lunch.

This maybe is not the same type of grammatical construction? Is Liz privileged in respect of a dog, maybe? This is not an easy question for me. Perhaps it's just idiomatic. My first thought is that you can say it this way only with verbs of perception/feeling. eg You can say I felt / saw / heard the dog eat my lunch.

I'll have to think about this a bit more.

Clive